G-Cloud moves to GDS

The G-Cloud has become part of the remit of the Government Digital Service (GDS)

The G-Cloud has become part of the remit of the Government Digital Service (GDS).  

Details have yet to be announced about the new structure but G-Cloud director Denise McDonagh is expected to have left her role as head of the project and returned to a full-time position in the Home Office. Previously the programme was controlled by the Government Procurement Service.

The project became the responsibility of GDS from 1 June, said a Cabinet Office spokesman.

Speaking at a press conference on government savings, Mike Bracken, head of GDS, said the move will also involve a review of resources for the project.

The comments follow criticism that a lack of appropriate funds and resources is a key problem in achieving its remit of 50% of all new IT spend going through the programme by 2015.

The G-Cloud team previously had five people working on the project in a full-time capacity. In contrast, GDS has around 200 people.

Recently the government announced a cloud-first policy, mandating the cloud as the first choice for all new IT purchases in government, as part of moves to push more departments into using commodity cloud services.

It is hoped that the move will transition the G-Cloud from being a government programme to becoming an embedded way of doing IT in government.

Speaking at the conference, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the G-Cloud programme was still under-used by government.

Computer Weekly also asked Maude whether government would consider cancelling some of its high-risk projects flagged as red by the recent Major Projects Authority report.

“We have already shown willing to do that. When we did the MPA as part of the spending review, we did stop some major projects and used that as an opportunity to de-scope and take the cost out [of others]," said Maude.


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